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Civil society, public and private organizations and UNAIDS are leveraging advances in mobile technology to empower communities. Together they have produced a new mobile application called iMonitor+, which enables users to access HIV prevention and treatment services and provide feedback on the quality of such services.
The Deputy Governor of Bangkok, Pusadee Tamthai, the UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibé, the Public Campaign Officer of the Indonesian AIDS Coalition, Ayu Oktariani, and the Director of Service Workers in Group Foundation (SWING), Surang Janyam, launched iMonitor+ on 27 October in Bangkok, Thailand.
“This is a data revolution: real-time, mobile health information systems. iMonitor+ is not just a gadget, but a tool for social transformation. It will empower people to demand services and foster public accountability,” said Mr Sidibé.
iMonitor+ uses global positioning satellite technology to locate a user, who can then receive information on where to access condoms, HIV testing, counselling and treatment and other key services. If there are stock-outs of antiretroviral medicine and other HIV commodities, the user can send alerts to a central dashboard and be directed in real time to other services nearby. Users can also report any experience of stigma or violation of their rights in HIV service and other delivery settings to the dashboard. Public health authorities and community partners are working together to resolve as quickly as possible issues raised by the alerts.
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